Jammu, November 23 | In 1948, during the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir between Army and Pakistani forces, Poonch withstood a siege by the Pakistanis from Nov 1947 till relieved by an Indian Offensive, Operation Easy which commenced on 20 Nov 1948. The besieged garrison, then commanded by Brigadier Pritam Singh was maintained by air supply. The day marks the historic link-up carried out by Brigadier Pritam Singh’s forces with Brigadier Yadunath’s forces from Rajouri at Danna Ka Pir on 21 Nov 1948. The White Knight Corps and the Awaam of Poonch thus celebrate the historic Poonch Link Up Day with gaiety and fervour every year.
A slew of events was conducted in the run-up to the historic day. Sporting events such as Poonch Volleyball Championship, Hockey Tournament for Girls and Boys, educational and artistic events such as Painting & Singing Competition as part of the Talent Hunt for the youth of Poonch were held. Various other events were also organised such as Eye camp, Mobility Equipment distribution camp and Artificial Limb Fitment Camp, Equestrian display by Army team and a Dog show which mesmerised the audience.
The celebrations started with the Wreath laying ceremony at Namansthal War Memorial. Local residents of the area including a large number of serving and retired Army personnel, members of civil administration and students were present to witness the event. Later in the day, a series of cultural events kept the crowd spellbound at the Natu Auditorium.
General Officer Commanding, Ace of Spades, expressed his gratitude to the locals for their contribution in bringing peace and astounding success which the Army could not have achieved without their support. He further expressed that the Army and Civil Administration is conscious of the remoteness of the Area and hardships of the people and it is our moral obligation to provide succour.